Weight training good for long term health

HASTINGS, Neb. -- It's a common mantra for athletic teams, whether amateur or professional. If you want get better, you have to hit the weight room. However, weight conditioning is for more than athletes.

Brett Wells, the strength and conditioning coach for Hastings College athletics, says everyone can use techniques they use with their athletes to keep in better shape. Other just may want to be less intense than the college players.

Wells, commenting while appearing live on NBC Nebraska News Today on Thursday, says they have varying programs depending on a student's sport and whether or not they are in season.

Wells says everyone can do weight and basic training to keep a good body tone, while not necessarily going for the "buff" body builder look.

Proper training at an early age can also help people prevent aches and pains later in life.

Wells suggest someone simply do some research if wanting to start a weight training program, or consult with a training professional.